Finding, within ourselves, the power to forgive

The new film Hidden Figures goes to the heart of racism in 1960s United States life and illuminates the path to justice through love

Finding, within ourselves, the power to forgiveOTTAWA, Ont. Jan. 17, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Visiting Atlanta’s Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, I once overheard a black boy ask his mother: “Why were white people so bad to us?” The question was neither surprising nor unreasonable. The King Center’s detailing of racism’s history makes it a place – Yad Vashem…

Christmas at home creating our own family traditions

The process of creating the new traditions of Christmas continues year by year

Christmas at home creating our own family traditionsVANCOUVER, B.C. Dec. 23, 2016/ Troy Media/ – For nine years now three generations of our family have been gathering at Skelhp House – our family home – in the coastal rainforest beside the mostly quiet waters of Jervis Inlet to celebrate Christmas. This time together is the most important we spend as a family each year…

One size family policy doesn’t fit all

Families employ various strategies to organize their work and family, so tailoring government programs to help is tricky

One size family policy doesn’t fit allHAMILTON, Ont. Oct. 17, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Does government have a role in raising families and, if so, how large is that role? These questions are being asked on both sides of the border. In the U.S. election campaign's death-spiral race to the bottom, policy issues have gathered little attention. But both candidates have…

Family team eases grandparents’ downsizing trauma

The full-press family crew marshalled at 9 a.m., minus the grandparents, who were entertained off-site by a caregiver

Family team eases grandparents’ downsizing traumaVANCOUVER, B.C. Oct. 9, 2016/ Troy Media/ - After just cresting 70, Grandpa and Grandma moved from Vancouver to a Vancouver Island retirement home designed for them by their daughter (my wife). Here, 20 years of gardening, fishing, golfing and family visits have passed in an instant. Now cresting 90, the pleasures of a larger…

The murky waters of Canada’s surrogacy baby boom

We need greater regulation of surrogacy in Canada to better protect women who act as surrogates, intended parents and the children who result

The murky waters of Canada’s surrogacy baby boomBy Vanessa Gruben and Pamela White Contributors Troy Media OTTAWA, Ont. Oct. 4, 2016/ Troy Media/ – If surrogacy is on the upswing in Canada, why do we know so little about the practice and its implications? Recent media reports indicate that surrogacy services are booming in Canada. Surrogacy is an arrangement where a woman…

If marriage was a pill, we would be clamouring for it

The unmarried of both sexes have higher death rates, whether by accident, disease or self-inflicted wounds

If marriage was a pill, we would be clamouring for itHAMILTON, Ont. Oct. 2, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Two years ago, Tina got a cancer diagnosis. It started as breast cancer and spread to her lymph nodes. After undergoing chemotherapy and surgery, today she is cancer free and doing well. Still, if you ask her about her difficult journey, she will emphatically tell you this:…

Healthy marriages remain a public good

Provide the stability and structure that allow for the development of aspirations and the flourishing of family members

Healthy marriages remain a public goodHAMILTON, Ont. Sept. 9, 2016/ Troy Media/ - A recent survey conducted by Nanos Research suggests that 51 per cent of millennials age 18 to 29 are unsure about marriage. That includes 29 per cent who think marriage is outdated, full stop. And another 22 per cent aren’t sure. In fact, all Canadians today, more…

Striving to find the right work-life balance

A survey reveals that three in 10 Canadians are dissatisfied with their work-life balance and technology doesn't always solve the problem

Striving to find the right work-life balanceBy Andrea Mrozek and Peter Jon Mitchell Cardus Family HAMILTON, Ont. Sept. 2, 2016/ Troy Media/ – If you are stressed and busy this Labour Day weekend, getting kids ready to return to school and yourself ready to resume post-summer life, you're not alone. A Nanos Research survey commissioned by Cardus Family reveals that about three in 10 Canadians are…

Time for a national conversation on parental choice

Time for a national conversation on parental choice//  parental choice [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/2016/01/time-for-a-national-conversation-on-parental-choice/" height="800" width="800" scrollbars="0"]Download[/popup] this column on parental choice in [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/category/education/" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="0"]education[/popup] [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="600" width="600" scrollbars="0"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] HAMILTON, Ont. Jan. 27, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Parents and children should be at the heart of education, not teachers or cumbersome regulation. National School Choice Week, an initiative…

Why it’s time for a National Autism Strategy

Almost three quarters of parents of preschoolers in Canada with autism could not get the help they needed for their children

Why it’s time for a National Autism StrategyOver a year ago, I was invited to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day on Parliament Hill. It was attended by a dozen or more Senators from both major parties, political staffers and invited guests mostly from autism non-profit organizations. I expected a predictable ‘feel good’ event about how far we’ve come and how far we…